We can expect more goals and more drama this weekend as the FA Cup enters its fourth-round. The third round matches, replays aside, produced a tidy total of 100 goals, so we decided it would be a good time to take a look at some of the best goal-scoring statistics from everyone’s favourite domestic cup competition.
Aguero on the hunt
In recent weeks, we have seen Sergio Aguero become the highest-scoring foreign player in Premier League history as well as score his 250th Manchester City goal. This weekend he has another chance to make history, by becoming the FA Cup’s fifth highest-scoring player.
Aguero scored his 19th goal in the tournament against Port Vale during the last round. That put him level with Jermain Defoe and only three goals behind Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney, who is fourth with 22 goals.
The Argentine has put away 19 goals across 21 FA Cup competitions and there is only one other player who has a better game-to-goal ratio (for anyone to have played more than five games). The tournament’s record goalscorer, Harry Cursham of Notts County, netted 49 times in 44 appearances from 1877 to 1891.
Can Aguero continue to etch his name into the history books when City play Fulham this weekend?
Will Tottenham break the record?
If you are wondering which side currently holds the record for the most amount of goals scored in FA Cup history, you could be in for a shock.
Cue Kettering Town. The Poppies have scored 891 between 1891 and 2019. Tottenham go into the fourth round in second, having put 882 in the back of the net, Arsenal are third with 870 and Manchester United fourth on 862. You would expect Spurs to take top spot some time soon but, until then, the sixth-tier side holds the accolade. Who says the FA Cup has lost its magic?
Spurs are also responsible for giving us the highest ever FA Cup score. It came, fittingly, in the fourth round when they thrashed Crewe Alexandra 13-2 way back when in 1960.
Kings of the Cup
When it comes to FA Cup finals, some players run and hide while others step up. Two of those players who are known for doing the latter are Ian Rush and Didier Drogba, with Liverpool and Chelsea respectively. They are definitely two of the kings of the cup and here’s why.
Rush holds the record for the highest number of goals scored in FA Cup finals, with five. His goals were pivotal in helping the Merseyside club to three FA Cups across the late 1980s and early 1990s. A Liverpool legend forever, with a casual 35 FA Cup goals to his name, putting him second behind Cursham.
Drogba holds the record for scoring in the highest number of FA Cup finals. Known for turning up in the big games, the Ivorian netted across four different finals.
Can anyone put their name up in lights this year by setting another FA Cup goal-scoring record?